Having just completed the signing of young South American talent Davinson Sanchez, Mauricio Pochettino looks set to raid his home-continent once more for 19-year-old Juan Foyth. According to Sky Sports News, Spurs have re-opened talks with Juan Sebastian Veron’s Estudiantes for Foyth, as they look to secure one of the most highly-rated young defenders in world football.
Here is RealSport’s profile of the relatively unknown Argentinean….
Born on the 12th January 1998 in La Plata, Argentina, Foyth has spent his whole youth career at Estudiantes. He made his first team debut for the club last season and is contracted with the Argentinian outfit until 2019.
Under Nelson Vivas, he played a total of 630 first team minutes spread across seven games for Estudiantes. Foyth managed to help his side keep a very impressive four clean sheets out of his seven appearances.
He was also ever present in Argentina’s U20 World Cup campaign, putting in impressive performances despite Argentina themselves struggling. PSG have been strongly linked with Foyth, however, it appears that the youngster has rejected a move to the Parisian giants due to a fear of lack of playing time.
More than a centre-back
It was clear after his very first appearance for Estudiantes that Foyth was a centre back that liked to be on the ball and take risks. So much so he almost gave away a goal by playing on the ball in defence, only to make up for his own errors with brilliant recovery challenges. John Stones anyone?
Foyth, however, wasn’t fazed and has shown remarkable maturity and composure on a football pitch despite his age. He is a very good passer and is excellent at dribbling the ball into the midfield. He reads the game well as a defender and, although he isn’t the biggest at 5’11, Foyth isn’t afraid of a physical battle.
More to learn
Foyth still, however, has a lot to learn. He can often get caught out positionally or give the attacker a chance to go by him. However, Foyth has a long stride which he uses to make very effective recovery tackles, which of more often than not, times to perfection.
So whilst Foyth is an extremely talented young centre back, it is unlikely he will make too many appearances for Spurs this season, should he join. A settling in period is crucial, and if Pochettino manages to coach him correctly, then Foyth can go to the very top and become a world class centre back.
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